Anxiety is one of the most common disorders that affect millions of Americans each year. There are several forms of anxiety including: obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. Often your doctor will prescribe medications to help treat your anxiety.
However, there are several natural ways you can get a handle on your anxiety from home. You can supplement them with your medications or use them alone.
Find Positive Recreation Activities Take the time to laugh it off. Having a good sense of humor and laughing a lot can release dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a chemical that controls feelings of pleasure or reward. Sit down and watch your favorite comedy, or hang out with friends who make you laugh. Even just a small laugh can reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Schedule a time for yourself each day to relax. Just 30 minutes per day can help reduce stress that causes anxiety. Yoga, tai chi, walking and meditation are good forms of relaxation. Studies have shown that short periods of relaxation can lower heart rates and reduce social anxiety.
Use GABA & Other Natural Remedies GABA is an all-natural supplement that can be purchased at health care stores or online. GABA is a brain transmitter that can increase excitability. GABA can also be found in some chocolate which can also reduce stress. You should check with your doctor prior to taking GABA as it can interact with some medications.
Another natural remedy that some consider taking when experiencing anxiety symptoms is CBD edibles. These come in the pill form but can also be found in the form of gummies. A small amount is enough to allow the symptoms to subside temporarily. Of course, this is an option you should only consider if your local laws allow it.
Use Lavender Essential Oils Taking lavender essential oil is a long time tried and true method of relaxation. You can purchase it in droplet form and gently apply to your collarbone or wrists. The soft odor of lavender has a calming and relaxing effect.
Find Something to Focus on The second anxiety hits, do something tangible. This can mean anything from playing with your car keys, or holding an ice cube for as long as you can. Your brain will start to focus on what you are doing at the time and not your anxiety. Many dental offices now provide a virtual reality system you can watch during the procedure to reduce anxiety.
If you are afraid of something specifically try to face your fear. It can be therapeutic and help you to understand that when you worry about what might happen your anxiety rises. It can show you that your anxiety is simply all in your head. Facing your fears will help you learn to live with the risks of the unknown in life.